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What a week it was. Conor McGregor fought an inanimate object and lost, the Commonwealth Games kicked off and LA grumbled and fell over. Standard.

 

 

Hello and welcome to this week’s Current Affairs Wrap. We’ve seen LA shake rattle and roll, Conor McGregor blowing a gasket, the start of the Olympics-Lite (Commonwealth Games) on the Gold Coast and some dirty cops in Victoria.

 

International

Los Angeles was hit with a 5.3 magnitude earthquake this week with an epicentre around 60km southwest of Ventura near the Channel Islands.

Seismic activity is hardly unusual in the area surrounding the San Andreas fault however this quake represented the strongest in four years for California, prompting fears that “The Big One” might be just around the corner. The US Geological Survey released a report recently predicting that California has a 46% chance of a 7.5 magnitude or higher quake within the next 30 years. To put this in perspective, experts have said that a 7.8 (which is three times as powerful as the famous quake that hit the area in 1994) would leave at least 50,000 people injured.

Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) launched into “earthquake mode” immediately, deploying teams across the city to check buildings, power lines and dams, taking the opportunity to test their preparedness.

“The Big One” has been the subject of many predictions and recurring theme in the best and worst that Hollywood script writers have to offer over the years. Whilst the reality may not reach the destructive power that some of the hyperbole suggests, when it occurs it will undoubtedly be destructive. Who knows, maybe California will break off from the mainland and secede as many in the Trump era hope they do.


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Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor has found himself in serious hot water following an incident in New York this week that saw him arrested and jailed. In the leadup to UFC 223, McGregor and his entourage allegedly embarked on a violent rampage that involved them smashing bus windows and injuring other fighters and staff.

Video has spread like wildfire on social media of McGregor hurling a large metal object through the side window of a bus which was carrying UFC fighters and staff. At least two fighters have been forced to withdraw from their scheduled bouts including Michael Chiesa who was hospitalised with cuts to his face and Ray Borg who has eye injuries from flying glass. A UFC staff member reportedly had his knuckles broken as well.

The target of the assault is believed to be Russian fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was allegedly involved in a confrontation with Artev Lobov, a longtime friend of McGregor’s, earlier in the week. Nurmagomedov wasn’t too perturbed, telling MMAFighting.com that he was “laughing inside”. He went on to say “You broke window? Why? Come inside…If you real gangster why don’t you come inside? This is big history gangster. Brooklyn. You want to talk to me? Send me location. I am going to come. No problem.” Now say it to yourself in a Russian Accent.

Following a manhunt for McGregor, he turned himself into police where he was arrested and charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief. He faced court and was released on a $50,000 bond and is due back in court in June.

It’s fair to say that McGregor’s career might be in a little bit of trouble with UFC President, Dana White, who described the attack as “the most disgusting thing that ever happened in the history” of the UFC. Quite the achievement given what’s actually allowed inside the octagon.

 

Domestic

The 21st Commonwealth Games have kicked off on the Gold Coast and there’s been plenty of action inside and outside the arena. So far, Australia is absolutely dominating the medal count with 14 gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze, for a total of 41 medals. England are in second place with 23 medals and India in third.

A 19-year old Brisbane dancer, Georgia Lear, had international fame thrust on her following a wardrobe malfunction during the opening ceremony that saw her bare bum accidentally broadcast to the world. Georgia, in true Aussie style, has laughed off the incident, even taking to Instagram to say “Last night I was feeling really BUMMED…BUTT that’s all BEHIND me now!” alongside a photo of her and other performers backstage.

An official from Mauritius has fled Australia after being charged with assaulting a female athlete, also from Mauritius. The 52-year-old man was arrested at the athlete’s village before being granted bail. He is due to face Southport Magistrates court on April 17th however police have indicated they are unlikely to seek extradition if he fails to return to Australia (which I doubt he will).

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are in Australia for the games but came under fire during the opening ceremony for appearing “bored”. Buckingham Palace was having none of it, though, issuing a public statement denying the accusation saying “The Prince and The Duchess thoroughly enjoyed the opening ceremony. They found it entertaining and moving particularly the indigenous musical performances and the smoking ceremony.”

Whether they are bored or not may still be up for debate, but Pauline Hanson has made her feelings about the opening ceremony crystal clear. Hanson took issue with the focus on Indigenous culture in the ceremony, saying the “20 minutes” devoted to Indigenous culture was “absolutely disgusting”.

Hanson continued, “Here we have an Aboriginal who was doing a rap song which I couldn’t understand. I’m not used to Aboriginals who sing rap, although fair enough.” Adding another layer to the offensive and racist cake she was intent on making, she said “Our country is not based on the Aboriginals. Our country is what it is because of the migrants that have come here. It was over the top. There was a lot of aspects of our country that should have been in the opening ceremony of the games. Not watching didgeridoos”.

Then came the cherry on top of the cake, “I have got nothing against the Aboriginal people but i’m sick and tired of being made to feel as if I’m a second-class citizen in my own country…I’m Indigenous as far as i’m concerned. I was born here. This is my country as much as anyone else’s.”

I’d suggest that someone gifts her a dictionary but let’s be fair, it’s unlikely she can read.


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Following the viral spread of CCTV footage showing police brutality in Victoria, five Victorian cops have found themselves suspended or reassigned.

Three of suspended officers were caught on camera punching, beating and dousing a disability pensioner in capsicum spray in a sickening attack.

A fourth officer was suspended after footage showed police repeatedly punching an African-Australian man who attempted to rob a pharmacy.  A fifth officer involved in another incident in Bendigo in March 2015 has been assigned to alternative duties.

According to Victorian Police Assistant Commissioner, Luke Cornelius, who is the head of Professional Standards Command, the suspensions and reassignments are interim actions until all three incidents have been investigated fully. Based on the sickening footage, I think most would hope that criminal charges are forthcoming as they would be for any of us who committed the same offences.

Police Minister Lisa Neville has denied that the recent brutality claims point to a cultural problem within the Victorian police force, pointing out that of 14,000 daily interactions, only seven result in complaints which she considers to be a “pretty good ratio”. How many of those interactions occurred on camera is a different question all together.

It’s a tough job and I certainly couldn’t do it, but as Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.”

 

Wacky and Wonderful

Shocking news came out of Melbourne earlier this week leaving many wondering how they would cope with their inevitable Sunday morning hangovers. A truck carrying almost $500,000 worth of McDonald’s chicken nuggets crashed into a car and flipped on its side on the Hume Freeway.

Thankfully the driver and his dog were uninjured, however the same could not be said for the hundreds of boxes of chicken nuggets and fish fillets that had to be thrown out.


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Residents of Port Macquarie in NSW were left in shock following a neighbourhood dispute that escalated out of control.

Emergency services were called to a property on Crestwood Drive following reports of two men fighting. Upon arriving, they discovered an 81-year-old man with severe injuries to his left hand, left forearm and left inner thigh which resulted in him losing fingers.

His 72-year-old neighbour was taken to Port Macquarie Police Station and is assisting police with their investigation. The dispute was over a patch of lawn allegedly and saw the men fight each other using a knife and a lawnmower as weapons.

Who brings a lawnmower to a knife fight?

That’s it from me, TBSers, have a cracking week!

 

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